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Robert Douglas Newcomb

Robert Douglas Newcomb, American optometrist, clinician, educator. Diplomate National Board Examiners in Optometry; licensed optometrist, Ohio, Florida.


  • Newcomb, Robert Douglas was born on January 8, 1947 in Middletown, Ohio, United States. Son of Huber Charles and Betty Marie (Martz) Newcomb.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science in Physiological Optics, Ohio State University, 1970. OD, Ohio State University, 1971. Master in Public Health, University Alabama Birmingham, 1975.


    • Chief optometry service Veterans Administration Medical Center, Birmingham, 1976—1980, VA Outpatient Clinic, Columbus, Ohio, 1980—1997. Associate professor optometry University Alabama, Birmingham, 1976—1980. Clinical professor optometry, endowed chair Vision Service Plan Ohio State University, Columbus, since 1997.

      Consultant National Board Examiners in Optometry, Ohio State Board Optometry, Council on Optometric Education, Council on Clinical Optometric Care. Invited lecturer professional organizations in field.

    Major achievements

    • Diplomate National Board Examiners in Optometry. Licensed optometrist, Ohio, Florida.


    • Co-editor: (textbook) Public Health and Community Optometry, 1980, second edition, 1990. Contributor articles to professional journals.


    Party affiliation: Independent


    Fellow American Academy Optometry (program committee 1982-1986, board directors 1986-2004). Member American Public Health Association (Outstanding Paper/Project award 1982), American Optometric Association (editorial board 1977-1983, Optometric Recognition award 1980), National Association VA Optometrists (treasurer 1976-1987, press 1976-1983), Ohio Optometric Association (chair continuing education 1992-1998, chair new technology 1995-1997, Optometrist of Year 2002), Association Military Surgeons United States (Outstanding Service and Recognition award 1997), National Academy Practice Optometry (chair 2001-2005).



    Tennis, music.


    • Married Pamela Kristine Yerian, June 16, 1984. 1 child, Nicholas Scott.
    • father: Huber Charles Newcomb
    • mother: Betty Marie (Martz) Newcomb
    • spouse: Pamela Kristine Yerian
    • child: Nicholas Scott Newcomb
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    Born January 8, 1947
    (age 70)